WODBOM Fitness Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2017
WODBOM stands for “Workout of the Day – Box of the Month” and is a subscription box designed for CrossFit enthusiasts, by CrossFit enthusiasts. (Although, I don’t think you absolutely have to be into CrossFit to get something out of this box, as long as you are interested in working out!)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: WODBOM
The Cost: $35 a month + $8 shipping; save with longer subscriptions
The Products: 5-6 large, premium fitness and/or CrossFit-related items including workout gear, supplements, and healthy snacks.
Ships to: U.S. (there was a long list of countries in the drop-down menu at the checkout screen so if you are curious about international shipping charges, I’d suggest contacting WODBOM to see about that)
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Included was an information card describing the products in the box.
There was also some product literature for one of the items in the box.
Balls of Protein in Chocolate Chip (2 oz) – Listed Value $3 (buy 10 packets for $24.99)
These are like 96% whey protein and they do taste a lot like chocolate chip cookies, although they don’t hold together well at all. It was kind of like eating sweetened whey protein powder. (Not as bad as it sounds, but I think I’d work on the texture a bit if I was the manufacturer.)
Glukos Whey Protein Bar in Chocolate Peanut Butter (1.76 oz) – Listed Value $2.50 (buy a case of 12 for $30)
These are also whey-protein-based (fine by me, as that makes the best texture for protein snacks, I find). They have whey krispie things that are a bit chewier than cereal would be, but they have a different texture than a lot of other protein bars, which is a welcome change. Each bar has only 4 grams of sugar (I look for low sugar bars, so this is important to me). These allegedly help with recovery after exercise but I find that I do just fine eating a regular dinner instead. If you like to try protein bars, though, these are worth a look.
Flapjacked Protein Pancake and Baking Mix in Cinnamon Apple (12 oz) – Value $8.99
I’ve had this in other flavors before and I like it. Cinnamon apple is a perfect combination for fall. We have pancakes about 2-3 times a month and I am totally going to make some apple pie filling to put over the top of these.
Q Energy Free Sample Pack – Value $3
This is called a “free” sample pack on the Q Energy site, but they charge you $3 for shipping, so that’s where I came up with the value. This is a powder you can mix into a drink and it provides quercetin (a compound found in apple peels, red onions, etc., that is supposed to be active against allergies and in fighting inflammation) and some other herbal extracts as well as electrolytes. I have taken quercetin before and not noticed a difference, but your mileage may vary. This is lightly caffeinated. My favorite flavor was the berry one.
Reken Counting Band – Value $12
Because I received the black one, it’s a little hard to see in the pictures, but this has a slider and numbers along the side. You use it to count sets, which I suppose is useful if you have trouble keeping track in your head. (I tend to write things down – trained by P90X, I suppose – so I don’t have this problem, but I can definitely see how it would be useful to some people.)
Sneaker Balls Shoe Deodorizers – Listed Value $5 (buy a 6 pack for $9.99)
This is a clever idea; you toss these into a gym bag or put them in your sweaty shoes to deodorize things. You are supposed to twist these to activate but let me tell you, they have a pretty strong odor in an enclosed space (i.e., the WODBOM box) without even being activated. I will throw these into my laundry basket, which is full of dirty exercise clothes and which is where they are needed most in my house at this time.
Born Primitive Edge Tank – Listed Value $42
I tried and tried, but I couldn’t get the Born Primitive website to work in any browser. There is too much flashy stuff and any page but the first won’t load. So I’ve used the value from the information card. This tank is 88% polyester and 12% spandex; the fabric is supposed to be the selling point here, according to the information card. I can say that it’s really soft, for sure, although I don’t find polyester to be the most breathable fabric out there if you are going to sweat a lot. I’m sure the spandex is lovely but WODBOM doesn’t offer my shirt size (XS) so this is a bit loose on me. It will be good for layering, though.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $76.49 for the September WODBOM. Although I think $42 for a workout tank is a bit much, even if you knock $10 or $20 off the value of the tank, you are still getting more than the cost of the box. I was particularly happy with the food items this month (and there were a lot of them, but they were all vegetarian!) and some of the other small items will be useful as well.